On September 26, 1985, God entrusted a beautiful baby girl to our care, we named her Amanda Theresa Allen. Born in Galway City, Ireland to John and Mary Allen, our beloved daughter was called Home to be with Our Lord on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at University Hospital, London following a very courageous battle with cancer.
Survived by: Fiancé Jason Henderson; loving brother Tony (Megan, and Hayley Amanda); G-ma Theresa Ryan (Mount Carmel), Nanny Jacqueline Allen (Ireland); Aunts & Uncles: Tina, Jackie (Phil), Anthony (Carmel), David (Nuala), Michael (Phil), Hazel (Niall), Maurice (Terri), Florence (Rudy), Mark (Joan), Lenard; Great-aunts: Philomena (NYC), Sr. Anne Gabriel (Ireland), Sr. Margaret Ryan (Regina); and many cousins.
Predeceased by: Godfather Sean C. Keane (2014), Tony Allen Snr (2002), Michael Ryan Snr (2000), and Mike Ryan Jnr (1994).
An enormous debt of gratitude to the dedicated health care professionals at University Hospital, London for the care and compassion shown to Amanda over the past 8 months. To all the surgeons, medical specialists, the nurses of the 8th Floor, ICU, and MOTS unit: words cannot express our respect and admiration for you.
Haskett Funeral Home, Exeter has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. Mass will be held at Precious Blood Church, 200 Sanders Street West, Exeter on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 10:30 AM followed immediately afterwards by “A Celebration of Amanda’s Life” at the South Huron Recreation Centre, 94 Victoria Street East, with music, memorials, reflections, refreshments and lunch.
A private family interment will be held at the Exeter Cemetery at a time to be determined.
In lieu of flowers please consider charitable donations to London Health Sciences Foundation, or the Canadian Cancer Society. Also please consider giving the gift of life by becoming a blood and/or organ donor.
Organ Donation – https://beadonor.ca/
Blood Donation – https://www.blood.ca/en/blood/becoming-donor
A note from the Allens
We owe such a debt of gratitude to all our Families, Friends, Neighbours, Hospitals, Doctors, Nurses, and others who have supported Amanda and us, her family, throughout her 10 year courageous battle with cancer and especially over the last 8 months of Amanda’s hospitalization at UH, London.
There are so many we wish to name personally, alas we fear we will omit some – suffice it to say we are grateful and thankful to one and all. We live in the wonderful community among loving caring individuals. To our friends, neighbours, and to those we didn’t even realized helped us – thank you for snow removal, lawn care, food, visits & companionship, flowers, music, accommodations for families travelling from abroad, donations to named charities, masses, prayers and for all other support.
We must acknowledge others; UH London, Dr. Ward Davies, Dr. Heather Emmerton-Coughlin, Dr. Daniel Pepe, Dr. Shane Smith, Dr. Jeff Howel, all the awesome nurses of 8th Floor, I.C.U., & MOTS unit. Victoria Hospital – Dr. Michael Lock, Dr. Walter Kocha, and Dr. Richard Inculet. Exeter and Clinton Hospital staff & Dr. Jerry Jadd. Amanda’s life was extended due to the professional and compassionate care of all above. Amanda realized many of her life’s dreams and aspirations because of all of You – the work you do matters. Specifically we must commend Amanda’s UH, London “Dream Team” – Amanda assigned this term to her surgical team of Dr. Ward Davies, Heather, Daniel, and Shane, and the “ATeam” of nurses of the 8th Floor and Lynn CowdreyCarroll. Amanda adored all of you and we her family feel the same – please never change and mentor many more medical professionals just like you.
Amanda’s Funeral and Celebration of Life was attended by hundreds of family, friends, and associates – none of this would have been possible without the involvement of many. We are eternally grateful to Fr. Len of Precious Blood Parish, Pallbearers – Jason, Tony, Bradley, Kyle, Terri, & Rusty, Honour Ladies – Brittany, Amy, Monica, Alicia, Michele, Lori, Sandee, Natalie & Megan, Tracy Rossetti @ My Babbo, Ivan & Rosemary Bedard, Adam & Lance Bedard, Mike and Anna-Marie Slone, Karen Bird, Don & Lindsay Sills, Katie Heeman, Mary-Francis Ryan, Alexis Wilbee, Callie, Bree, Teya, Colin, Bill and Jacqueline of Haskett’s Funeral Home, SunWing Airlines, Forest City Fire Protection Ltd., South Huron Rec Centre and staff, Huron Motor Products Ltd, Northlander Industries, Heeman Strawberry Farms, and Pineridge Barbecue Co. Limited.
We know there is no way possible for us, despite our best efforts, to thank everyone personally. We decided the best way to express our eternal gratitude to Everyone is to make a difference in someone else’s life. We do not have medical training to save lives, however we have means to help others less fortunate than us. We have made a personal commitment to sponsor an additional child through Compassion Canada. We will now personally sponsor two children from Ethiopia to ensure they are provided food and nourishment, clothing, education, health care and spiritual guidance. When these children no longer need sponsorship support we will sponsor additional children for the remainder of our lives. Compassion Canada is headquartered in London, Ontario – www.compassion.ca Thank you also to all who randomly contributed to Compassion Canada – $505 was collected at Amanda’s Celebration of Life.
Amanda’s Life Journey has inspired many – we know this from the personal stories shared with us, the exceptional attendance at her Funeral and Celebration of Life, the cards received, the condolence’s on Haskett’s website. To say we are Amanda’s proud Parents is an incredible understatement. That Amanda achieved so much in her short life, should inspire all her family and friends, to embrace life, do not take it for granted, live life fully, make healthy life choices and perform random acts of kindness for friends and strangers alike. You will be surprised how personally rewarding you will feel – and you may feel Amanda’s presence too. Amanda hoped that the medical world would learn from her cancer to help others, during the last 8 months of her life she required a significant amount of blood and blood products. She was very appreciative that she was the beneficiary of numerous blood donors. It was her wish that we encourage all who are medically capable to consider becoming regular blood donors, and also to consider registering as organ donors. (https://beadonor.ca/ and www. blood.ca )
We must also extend our thanks to all our family and friends who travelled from Ireland, NYC, Chicago, Calgary, Vancouver and Halifax. Thanks also to our extended families – Allen’s, Ryan’s, Heeman’s, Lally’s, Keane’s, Henderson’s and Van Dyk Families – across Canada, USA, Australia, Ireland & England. A special “Thank You” to SunWing Airlines’ co-workers of Amanda’s – you travelled so far and attended in great numbers. She loved SunWing Airlines and she realized her dream of being a flight attendant with you, her extended work family. We know you made her smile with pride by your attendance. We will never forget this loving gesture for our daughter.
Specifically to Amanda’s fiancé – Jason Henderson, you made Amanda’s life whole (with Lola). You remained with Amanda throughout your 9 year relationship despite long spells of surgery and recoveries over the years. You are clearly a family man, a person of honour. We love you and we will always consider you to be a member of the Allen Family. We will not be doing personal thank you notes – it is too difficult for us to do – we wish to convey our heartfelt appreciation to everyone through this notice. Please share this with all whom know us.
On behalf of John and Mary Allen, Tony & Megan & little Hayley Amanda – thank you, one and all. God Bless each and every one of you!
John & Mary Allen Exeter, Ontario, Canada ~ July 05, 2015